A Restaurant Review – Bistro 536

Did this week just drag on and on and on for anyone else, or was it just me?

By the time I got home last night, all I wanted to do was lay on the couch under a blanket and shut my brain off until Monday. Then I realized it was dinner time and there was no hiding from my growling stomach. I compromised with myself (and Greg) and got back up off the couch to go get some food. I have had a Groupon to Bistro 536, a lesser-known restaurant in Mt. Pleasant. It’s right by my office and happens to be the place my manager took me to lunch on my first day. I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT that first time. Then, I went a second time for lunch with yet another Groupon and briefly talked about that salad here.

This time, my Groupon was only good for dinner. It had been burning a hole in my wallet for quite awhile and I wanted to put it to use.

Greg and I walked into the almost-empty restaurant at 6:30 on a Friday night, I don’t think that’s a good sign. It did mean great service though. I had the Grilled Salmon ($17), which is served with a risotto cake, grilled zucchini and then covered in a roasted red pepper pesto cream. 
Great choice on my part. The salmon was tender and the sauce was even better than I expected. I was really excited to try the risotto cake, but unfortunately that part didn’t live up to my expectations. The breaded rice was lacking in flavor, mostly because it was over-breaded for my liking. I ended up breaking the cake apart and eating the rice out of it. 

Greg had the Breaded Porkloin ($15), served with garlic whipped potatoes, caramelized apples and a balsamic reduction. I only snagged a bite of the apples, so I can’t comment much, but Greg did say it was good overall. 
Then it was time for dessert. I was stuffed from my entree, so I opted for the Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake to go.

We all know how important a good dessert is to me, but this just didn’t cut it. The cheesecake was essentially three layers- cake, cheesecake, and lemon whipped cream (that may not be 100% accurate, but that’s what it seemed like to me). The bottom cake layer totally took away from the rest of the cake. I ate about half of the slice before deciding it was not worth it. Overall the flavor was very bland. 
I got myself a bowl of vanilla frozen yogurt from my freezer to compensate for the bad cheesecake experience. Problem solved.
I am glad I gave Bistro 536 a try for dinner and I was very happy with my salmon, but lunch has proven itself to be better. The dinner entrees are slightly overpriced, while their wide variety of salads and sandwiches (not available during dinner hours), are much more reasonable. If I do make it back someday, I doubt I’ll be ordering dessert either.
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